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Legislation #: 080340 Introduction Date: 4/3/2008
Type: Special Action Effective Date: 4/3/2008
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS CURLS, GOTTSTEIN, RILEY, SKAGGS, FORD, SHARP, JOLLY, CIRCO AND SANDERS BROOK
Title: Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honoring the legacy of the late Reverend Dr. A.L. Johnson.

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4/2/2008 Filed by the Clerk's office
4/3/2008 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 080340

 

Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honoring the legacy of the late Reverend Dr. A.L. Johnson.

 

WHEREAS, on April 4, 2008, at the Metropolitan Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m., the Kansas City Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Baptist Ministers Union of Kansas City, Missouri will hold a community service that will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honor the legacy of our own local civil rights champion, the late Reverend Dr. A.L. Johnson; and

 

WHEREAS, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee where he was going to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers; and

 

WHEREAS, in 1957 Martin Luther King, Jr. was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and during the next eleven years, Dr. King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest and action; and

 

WHEREAS, Reverend A.L. Johnson began his pastorate of Zion Grove Missionary Baptist Church in May, 1964 and during the next 32 years enjoyed an impressive career and achieved much in both the religious and civic community; and

 

WHEREAS, the community service will include guest speaker Dr. James Alfred Smith and the SCLC Youth Choir, St. James UMC Mens Chorus, Metropolitan Spiritual Church of Christ, Zion Grove Baptist Church Choir, and Metropolitan Baptist Church Choir Sis. Debra Ray; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby commemorate the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honor the legacy of the late Reverend Dr. A.L. Johnson; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Rev. Kenneth E. Ray, President of Baptist Ministers Union of Kansas City, Missouri, and Rev. Nelson "Fuzzy" Thompson, President of The Kansas City Chapter of S.C.L.C, in token of the high esteem with which the Mayor, Council and citizens of Kansas City held the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Reverend Dr. A.L. Johnson.

 

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